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Visit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily

Sicily's Rich Cultural Heritage

Valletta to Syracuse - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Be a part of this exclusive 8-day cruise and discover the most beautiful sights of Sicily, a magical place full of royal palaces, ancient temples, and heavenly panoramas. Delight yourself with the many facets of the largest Mediterranean island, a fabulously diverse microcosm in its own right with its rich cultural history, which dates back 3,000 years with memorials marking each era. Europe’s highest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, features a character and flair of its own.
Sicilian landscape in the early eveningAn abandoned theatre in Taormina, Sicily Lighthouses fringe the shores of the Italian Mediterranean The impressive city of Valletta, MaltaVisit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily
Highlights
  • Delight yourself with a true masterwork of mosaics: the Cappella Palatina
  • Visit Syracuse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its archaeological significance
  • Take a cable car trip to the top of the incredible & breathtaking Mt. Etna
  • Join an exclusive Liparian cooking class in the Aeolian Islands
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Day 1: Valletta, Malta | Embark

Arrive in Valletta. Board the Sea Cloud II and attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the ship's luxurious amenities as it sails to Sicily.

Day 3: Trapani, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The old town and port of Trapani lies on a picturesque crescent-shaped headland at the foot of Monte Erice. You can discover many little treasures browsing through the beautiful town center. For the last 1,000 years, fine black and red coral jewelry has been made here. The mountain town of Erice is a real architectural gem. Not far from Tapani, this idyllic little town is tucked away in a picturesque hilltop setting overlooking the countryside and the sea. Protected defiantly by a wall, the town retains its splendid medieval atmosphere.

Day 4: Palermo, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The character of Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, was mainly forged by the Arabs, Swabian dynasty, and Normans. Noble palaces line the magnificent streets, cheerful-looking Art Nouveau houses stand next to Baroque buildings, and a little further on you are faced with pure Gothic facades. The medieval quarter towers above the huge Palazzo Reale with its "Capella Palatina", a masterpiece in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style. The small mountain town of Monreale gives you a breathtaking view over the town and the bay, as well as the 12th-century cathedral whose interior combines Romanesque, Byzantine, and Arab art with rich gold mosaics.

Day 5: Lipari, Italy | Passage through Strait of Messina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lipari is a tranquil little spot and the largest of the Aeolian Islands, with a cultural heritage stretching back over 6,000 years. Right from first glance you can see its volcanic heritage, with some of the rock formations resembling sculptures. The entire group of islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Aeolian Museum is set on the castle hill and holds an impressive collection of prehistoric and ancient artifacts from this volcanic group of islands. The southern Italian way of life in this little port is infectious.

The Strait of Messina divides northeastern Sicily's harbor city from the rest of Italy. It is well-known for the Norman Messina Cathedral, which features a bell tower with an astronomical clock, a Gothic portal, and windows from the fifteenth century. The Fontana di Orione, with its carved inscriptions, and the Neptune Fountain, crowned by a statue of the sea deity, are two marble fountains nearby that are ornamented with legendary motifs.

Day 6: Taormina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Taormina is perched on a rock with a majestic view over the sea. In the 19th century, this small town had already developed into a dream destination for well-heeled travelers and artists. The town's fascination lies in its elegance, the many ancient buildings, the stunningly beautiful coastline, the mild climate, and the view over the silhouette of Etna. Europe's largest volcano is over 3,000 meters (9,843 foot) high, has four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, and is covered with snow almost all year round. In ancient times it was considered the seat of the gods, but nowadays large sections of it are a nature reserve.
 

Day 7: Syracuse, Italy

The municipal area of Syracuse boasts relics from cultural history going back more than three millennia. In ancient times, the city was the most powerful in the known world and was famed for its splendor. The island of Ortigia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was where Syracuse began its rise as an ancient city. The huge cathedral is at the heart of the old town, magnificent palaces line the Piazza, and wide promenades invite you to take a stroll. The archaeological park brings Greek and Roman history back to life. Yet Syracuse exudes southern Italian charm, with washing drying outside the windows.
 

Day 8: Valletta, Malta | Disembark

Arrive in Malta and enjoy your breakfast before disembarkation.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Port Fees
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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